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Four Layer Chocolate Pudding Dessert

Celebrate Thanksgiving with this fun, family-friendly, inspired chocolate pudding dessert. It’s simple to prepare and can get the whole family in the kitchen.
Prep Time1 hr 35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Pudding Dessert
Servings: 18 Servings
Calories: 273kcal


First Layer

  • 1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 3/4 Cup Walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/8 Cup Powdered Sugar

Second Layer

  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 8 Ounces Whipped Topping
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar

Third Layer

  • 2 3.9 Ounces JELL-O Chocolate Pudding
  • 3 Cups Milk

Fourth Layer

  • 8 Ounces Whipped Topping
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)


Directions for the First Layer

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, softened butter, walnuts, and powdered sugar. Blend the ingredients into a dough and then press the dough into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake in the oven for at least 20 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let it cool for at least 20 minutes.

Directions for the Second Layer

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, whipped topping, and powdered sugar. Mix the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy. Pour them into the baking dish over the crust. Use a spoon or spatula to smooth out the mixture and cover the entire crust. Return the dessert to your fridge while you make the next layer.

Directions for the Third Layer

  • In a large glass or metal bowl, use a hand mixer to blend the instant pudding mix and milk. Make sure the pudding is completely mixed, then pour it over the cream cheese. Again, use a spoon to smooth and even out the layer. Place the dish back in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes to set up.

Directions for the Fourth Layer

  • Remove the pan from the fridge and use a spatula or frosting knife to spread out the whipped topping. You can also garnish the top with the walnuts or skip that part.


The calorie count listed is an approximation, actual calories may vary based on serving size and ingredient substitutions. 


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 134mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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